It’s time to get covered: What does health insurance “open enrollment” mean for you?
In California, we use Covered California to buy health insurance. On the Covered California website, you can purchase health insurance for the first time, renew your health insurance and apply for Medi-Cal if you’re eligible. If you don’t have health insurance, you need to apply for health insurance through Covered California to avoid a fee during tax time (April 2018).
WHAT is Medi-Cal and why would I qualify?
Medi-Cal is California’s health insurance for low- and no-income individuals and a lot of people who qualify don’t know about it. Try the eligibility screener on One Degree to see if you might be eligible for Medi-Cal.
WHEN can I apply for health insurance and Medi-Cal through Covered California?
Covered California’s open enrollment period is from November 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019. But don’t put it off. The application might take longer than you think, and it could be difficult to get help applying when you’re closer to the end of the enrollment period.
HOW do I apply for Health Insurance?
If you feel comfortable, you can apply online on your own, right here. If you’d like some help applying, you can find enrollment help on the Covered California website.
You can also find help applying for insurance on One Degree:
CAN I apply for health insurance if I’m Undocumented?
If you’re undocumented, you can use Covered California to apply for Medi-Cal, but your benefits may be limited. Depending on your county, you may be eligible for another health insurance option, such as those in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
We hope this helps while you’re applying for health insurance. If you have more questions about applying for health insurance, or accessing health care without insurance, Contact us using the little yellow box on the bottom right of any page on One Degree, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org